Counties, Cities to Join Forces on Opioid Task Force

The National Association of Counties (NACo) and the National League of Cities (NLC) are launching a join task force comprised of city and county leaders to address the nation’s opioid and heroin abuse crisis.

As announced in a NACo press release:

NACo and NLC elected leaders will explore proven practices for community prevention and overdose response, effective treatment options and public safety enforcement and supply reduction.  NACo and NLC will share opportunities, challenges and issues local jurisdictions face when addressing opioid and heroin abuse in our communities.

“We see the devastating effects of prescription drug abuse and heroin use because counties are at the intersection of the local health, justice and public safety systems,” said NACo Pres. Sallie Clark.  “Addressing this issue is a top priority for local leaders.  This new initiative will build on our efforts to mitigate this crisis and strengthen the safety and security of our neighborhoods.”

The task force will take the following actions:

  • Conduct at least two national dialogues where city and county elected leaders will explore the comprehensive issues related to this crisis, growing trends and proven responses
  • Develop educational opportunities for counties and cities through special forums, educational workshops, webinars and other opportunities, and
  • Publish a national summary report of city-county collaboration, focusing on community prevention and overdose response, effective treatment options, public safety enforcement and supply reduction.

For more information read the full NACo press release.

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